I love the AMA Morning Rounds e-newsletter. It gives me so much fodder for this blog. Take this one, for example:
The New York Times reports investigators from the Government Accountability Office “said Thursday that they had discovered many errors in eligibility decisions under the Affordable Care Act that had led the government to pay for duplicate coverage for some people and an excessive share of costs for others.” Some people were receiving subsidies for private coverage while they were already enrolled in Medicaid. In other cases, “the investigators said, the government is probably overpaying because it cannot always distinguish between newly eligible beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act and those eligible under the old rules.” In testimony prepared for a House hearing today, the GAO “said the Obama administration needed to adopt much stronger safeguards to ensure the integrity of programs providing coverage to millions of Americans.”
Thank you, AMA, not only for sharing this piece but for giving the approval for the ACA. Let’s see, duplicate coverage, excess share of costs for others, overpaying, can’t distinguish eligibility, and need for more safeguards. Sounds about right for the government. I know how they can fix it. All they need to do is tax me more and let the insurance companies raise my rates by 30%. Oh wait, they are doing that already.